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I enjoyed Matthew's piece - very appropriate at the moment! Some nice strong imagery, particularly at the end.

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Yep, 'The Horn' it was. Mine was in Best New Horror or some such of 1993ish (demon thing looking through venetian blinds on the cover). A real actual book...


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Two tales of revenge for me today. Darren's "Santa's Last Christmas" shows just how warped you can be made as a result of getting the wrong Christmas present (the person who once gave me a James Clavell novel, please note). And yet, for all that he feels satisfied at the end, you get the impression this guy has wasted his whole life on revenge for an imaginary slight, and so justified Santa's opinion of him. Nice.

Good use of twin narrative stream in Marc's "Kali's Dance", with past and present blurring, and horrific scenes of abuse. And I loved some of Kali's dialogue - just so un-goddess like but right. Sweet end note.

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Ali_L wrote:
Really enjoyed the latest - great title, too (As Far as the Eye Could See)

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Just read Matthew's "As Far as the Eye Could See", and it's certainly appropriate for the time of year (it's snowing here). Really brings the situation alive, so you can feel the chill and the mounting desperation. Good ending, with the image of that glove.


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I loved Matthew's story, but then again I love all snow stories.. Could really feel as if I was there with them.



Mike A wrote:
I enjoyed Matthew's piece - very appropriate at the moment! Some nice strong imagery, particularly at the end.



Awww, shucks! Thanks guys, it's really nice to get such positive feedback from you all. And very weird to see my own story up there with so many great writers. :D

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I am a bad person. I lapsed on commenting. Again. Anyway:

Mike / Ingénue - I loved the way this was written. I sort of expected what was coming but not quite as how it happened. And I got the accent by copying and pasting ;)

Matthew / As Far As The Eye Could See - I found it very atmospheric - and also easy to accept the atmosphere with the current cold snap.

Darren / Santa's Last Christmas - I didn't get into this as well as Matthew's but I think that says more about my (lack of) empathy that the actual story. It was a good read, though, and thank you for sharing.

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Mike A wrote:
I enjoyed Matthew's piece - very appropriate at the moment! Some nice strong imagery, particularly at the end.


Seconded.

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Today's offering, Dennis Lane's "The Ultimate Man", a neat fable of the futility of Nazi eugenics, set in an alternate history setting. Nietzschean reference in the title I believe. Good one.

Loved Ray's "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...", which reads like a twisted version of reality TV, "The Hostel" remix or something. Some great word choices, even a little humour, and the festive spirit turning slowly to something far more minatory. Along with Steven Pirie's the best of what I've read so far.

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Mike / Ingénue - I loved the way this was written...

{blush} Thanks Jo!

And I need to catch up as well now...

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...and now I get a suitable idea. Well, one that'd qualify. Typical.

This means I now have 347 days to write 1,000 words, if this comes back next year.

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Darren, just got back to reading the calendar. Santa's Last Christmas: naughty AND nice!


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...and now I get a suitable idea. Well, one that'd qualify. Typical.

This means I now have 347 days to write 1,000 words, if this comes back next year.


Send it to Pete at whitenoise@ttapress com and it can be included on the 25th =D


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"Lock and Key" by L. R. Bonehill had a nice, elegaic feel to it, the mystery of the box as a symbol of so many other things we're perhaps better off not knowing, of dreams we pursue at our peril. Good writing and characterisation.

Dave Hoing's "Is, Not Mighta Been" made me feel sad. Lovely tone of voice throughout, with the 'contradiction' of the title made concrete by the story.

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Thanks for the comment, Pete.

I liked Bonehill's Lock and Key a lot, felt it could have been longer. Or maybe I only waned it to be. That must be a good thing.

It's been a good Christmas so far for stories, roll on the 25th for total over indulgence...


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Just read Jay's "Radio Sounds", which is probably the most vividly descriptive piece so far, and I loved the idea of Jack Palance as the killer, with the twist at the end unsettling and turning everything on its head. But have to say I detest the issuu format.

Some nice satire in Mark Gorton's "Telepathe News", which seemed to underline the truth of that old adage about the more things change the more they stay the same. But someone in a position of authority taking responsibility and resigning when things go pear shaped... Sorry Mark, you threw away all credibility with that :lol:

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Chelsea_Tractor wrote:
...and now I get a suitable idea. Well, one that'd qualify. Typical.

This means I now have 347 days to write 1,000 words, if this comes back next year.


Send it to Pete at whitenoise@ttapress com and it can be included on the 25th =D


What, and write at a rate faster than 2.91 words a day?? Are you mad, sir???

More seriously, though, I'll just suggest it for next year. It's not Xmas related and it'll get written regardless.

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